American Meteorological Society



The AMS Congressional Science Fellowship places highly qualified, accomplished scientists within the offices of individual Members of Congress as well as congressional committees for a one-year assignment. Fellows serve as regular staff members to those congressional offices. This makes it possible for fellows to bring to the Congress new insights, fresh ideas, extensive knowledge, and education in a variety of disciplines. Not only are the Fellows provided with the opportunity to make a significant public service contribution, but they also obtain firsthand experience in the legislative and political process.

The effects of Congressional decisions on society and on scientists are far-reaching.  Policy choices advance the interests of society most effectively when grounded in the best available knowledge and understanding. We need more scientists working on Capitol Hill to ensure that policy makers have ready access to the best available information.

Fellows perform every type of work normally asked of the permanent congressional staff, whether they are in members' offices or with committees. The range of activities is illustrated by these examples:

Fellowships are for one year, running from September through August. The stipend for the Fellow is $55,000, plus limited allowances toward relocation, in-service travel, and health and dental insurance premiums. There will be a two-week orientation period organized by the AAAS in Washington in early September. This orientation includes seminars on the Congress and the Executive Branch; meetings with former Fellows, members of Congress, and staff; and preparing for placement in the Congress. There will be roughly 35 Congressional Fellows in the class, sponsored by over two dozen different societies, and roughly 150 executive branch fellows..


We strongly encourage applicants to apply for all Congressional Fellowship programs for which they are eligible. For members of the Earth science community this likely includes: AGU, AGI, GSA, APS, AIP, AAAS, ACS, and in some cases the American Mathematical Society. Of course, we very much hope you will also apply for the AMS fellowship.

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